Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Alcoholic Beverages *

The university is concerned about students and their total physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  The university recognizes that a complex cluster of student and social issues surround the use of alcohol in society and that student views concerning its use vary widely.  The following university policy, has been established in recognition of Washington State law and out of desire to create a campus living/learning environment consistent with the university goals and mission.  Community members participating in PLU sponsored study away programs are expected to respect the drinking laws of their host country while upholding the university policy outlined below.  Students living off campus are expected to adhere to local drinking laws.  Violations of local law may be considered violations of the PLU Alcoholic Beverages Policy.

  1. Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in or on university premises with the exception of the Gonyea House (the President's private residence), the Garfield Commons, the University House (which is privately owned), a Resident Director's university housing, South and Kreidler Halls (as outlined in the South Hall & Kreidler Alcoholic Beverages Policy and the Conference and Events summer policies), and for the purpose of approved religious worship. 
  2. 208 Garfield is permitted to serve alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) as a part of catered events on campus, and in compliance with this policy, in: the Columbia Center, Garfield Book Company, the Gallery and lobby of Ingram, the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, the Morken Center for Learning and Technology, the Neeb Center, Olson Auditorium, Nordquist Lecture Hall in Xavier and the Anderson University Center.  The immediate adjacent outdoor areas to the buildings listed above may be considered for alcoholic beverage service as a part of an event inside the building.
  3. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on campus in all other university spaces including the residence halls.  The university reserves the right to confiscate and dispose of alcoholic beverages and/or containers found on the premises.  Empty alcohol containers and brewing equipment are similarly prohibited.
  4. Misconduct related to consumption, provision of alcohol to others or misuse of alcohol that creates risks for one's safety, threatens the safety of others, detracts from the living-learning community, disrupts the university community either on or off campus may be a violation of PLU's Alcoholic Beverages Policy.  Violators will be referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities or Human Resources.
  5. Students who are present when an Alcoholic Beverages Policy is being violated are expected to remove themselves from the room/situation and are encouraged to report the violation.  Students who do not leave will be documented on an incident report and referred to the Student Rights and Responsibilities System.  See Residence Hall Communities policy for further information.
  6. If alcoholic beverages are available at PLU sponsored events, , then nonalcoholic beverages must also be available.
  7. Students must show current valid identification (driver's license and PLU ID) in order to obtain alcoholic beverages at PLU sponsored functions.
  8. At events sponsored by PLU, alcoholic beverages must be refused to minors, apparently intoxicated individuals, or persons in a state of helplessness.

Use of student government or residence hall funds to purchase alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Students voluntarily seeking assistance for an alcohol-related problem may do so without fear of disciplinary action, and will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.  Such assistance may be sought through a residence hall staff member; the Residential Life Office, 253-535-7200; Health Center, 253-535-7337; Counseling Center, 253-535-7206; Campus Ministry, 253-535-7464; Campus Safety 253-535-7441; and the Office of Student Life, 253-535-7191.  Students who are documented for violating the alcohol policy, and who subsequently request assistance for alcohol related problems, are not exempt from the review process or any sanctions that may result.


Last Modified: July 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM